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‘Where is your Allah now?’

“The police force in Bombay, in Maharashtra and all over India must not forget that they are Hindus first and policemen thereafter,” Bal Thackeray pronounced at the Vijayadashmi Day rally at Shivaji park, Bombay in October 1993.The Maharashtra government and the Bombay police chose to turn a deaf ear to such blatant incitement of communal…

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The bad…. After the “revolution in Ayodhya”, the communal press shed whatever little inhibition it earlier had With the events in Ayodhya and the orgy of murder and mayhem that followed in many parts of the country, the grey area in Indian politics shrank dramatically. It forced people to quit fence-sitting and to take sides.…

Judiciary in the dock

 The wisdom of relying on the country’s judiciary to adjudicate on disputes that are essentially political in nature has been an oft-debated issue in the past. It has acquired an even greater relevance today.   Senior Jurists have often opined that especially in a situation where the record of the executive itself has been dismal…

Saffron in Uniform

 The growing stridency of saffron politics in the last 15 years or so, based on principles of exclusivism and hate, has made serious inroads into the psyche of too many guardians of law and order and exposed them to the charge of communal bias.             Far from remaining an abstract prejudice or bias, this malaise…

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And, the ugly Death threats, obscene calls and physical attacks on journalists, among others, gave a foretaste of what Hindu Rashtra will mean How members of the national and the international press covering the spectacle in Ayodhya were mercilessly thrashed by the kar sevaks, and photographers’ equipment snatched away or damaged is too well-known to…

The Good, Bad and Ugly – “The Good”

The good…. While many institutions of Indian democracy wilted under Hindutva’s onslaught, the secular press held its ground Peace-loving, liberal, secular-minded people who lived or ventured inside the Muslim mohallas in Bombay and elsewhere in the country in December, 1992 and in January, 1993 had a tough job on their hands. Because of Ayodhya and…

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